Biography for Tammy Parker
Tammy Parker is the editor of FierceWirelessTech. She previously was a principal analyst and editor with Informa Telecoms & Media and earlier held top editorial positions at RCR Wireless News and Wireless Week. In the mid-1990s, she published her own respected newsletter, Inside Wireless. Tammy has misplaced or unintentionally destroyed more cell phones than most people have owned in their entire life. A third-generation Coloradan, Tammy is based in the Boulder area. You can find her on LinkedIn, and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Articles by Tammy Parker
BARCELONA, Spain--A pilot project between Syniverse and MasterCard to ensuer mobile users' credit card transactions will be enabled no matter where they travel is part of Syniverse's broader plan to become an aggregator of contextual information that links brands and mobile customers to the benefit of their mutual customers.
BARCELONA, Spain--Chipmaker MediaTek is targeting what it calls the "super-mid market" for smart devices, which the company said is being driven by a rising global middle class and a vision of markets worldwide where literally anyone can become connected.
T-Mobile US reportedly yanked an online banner ad Tuesday night that confirmed its plan to pay families' early termination fees when they cancel service with rival carriers, switch to T-Mobile and trade in their devices, a move designed to maintain the self-proclaimed "uncarrier's" momentum in stealing customers from its competitors.
Sprint announced broader availability of its Spark tri-band LTE service and also rolled out a a new calling circle offering, dubbed a "Framily Plan," to drive customer additions.
A merger deal that results in the U.S. mobile market having only three national operators rather than four might be approved but only if the parties involved divest some of their spectrum holdings, predicted Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam.
U.S. Cellular, still reeling from a troublesome billing conversion, issued $50 million worth of what it calls "reward points" to its customer base to make up for the problems. The reward points are basically customer credits that can be redeemed for free handsets and accessories, and their issuance will impact the carrier's fourth-quarter profitability and will sit on its balance sheet as a liability.
No-contract carrier Leap Wireless is taking a hard look at its basic business model--from service activation to device financing--as it works to better accommodate customer adoption of more sophisticated smartphones, according to Doug Hutcheson, president and CEO.
The fourth quarter of 2012 was "the best fourth quarter in the history of Verizon Wireless," said Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam, who credited the wireless operator's Share Everything plan for luring 2.1 million net additions to the carrier during the quarter, 30 percent of which were new to Verizon.